Dr. Abdel Monem Said Aly has been a member of the Board for the Al Ahram Foundation since 1999 and the Director of Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo since 1994. He obtained his B.A. from Cairo University (1970) and his M.A. and PH.D in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, USA (1979 and 1982). He has worked at the Ahram Center since 1975 as a researcher, senior researcher, head of the international relations research unit, and deputy director. He was a research fellow at the Brookings Institute, Washington, DC in 1987 and the summer of 2004 and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University in 2003. He worked as a political advisor in the Amiri Diwan of the State of Qatar between August 1990 and June 1993.
A prolific author, he has written extensively about the Arab world and was awarded the “Best Political Book” prize for the Arabs and September 11, 2001 (Arabic). He recently co-authored a monograph, Ecopolitics: Changing the Regional Context of Arab-Israeli Peacemaking, with Israeli political analyst Shai Feldman. He is a member of the Egyptian Press Syndicate and his pieces regularly appear in al-Ahram Daily, Al-Watan, al-anba, and al-Ahram al-Arabi newspapers. He is a commentator on political affairs for ORBI TV, Cairo and Egyptian television. In Arabic, he has published books, articles and chapters in the world systems, Arab relations with the regional and global orders, European Integration, and the Arab Israeli conflict. In English, he has contributed papers, published articles and chapters in the US, France, Sweden and Singapore on the Middle East Regional Security, Egypt’s political system, National Security and Arms Control Policies.